Friday, April 10, 2009

Chilled Noodles

Spring is here; that means its time for cool, refreshing food! Whenever I'm in Taiwan, I have to have chilled noodles with garlicky sesame paste (liang2 mian4). It's so simple, yet so amazing. I hate how I can't get a bowl in the states...maybe in L.A....definitely in Vancouver...but certainly not in Texas. *Tear*

To temper my yearning, I make cold Korean crystal noodles and Japanese-style cold noodles. I don't use recipes, so my take is probably not authentically Korean or Japanese. Oh, and I don't use measurements. Everything is measured to taste.

Korean Crystal Noodles

Korean sweet potato noodles (boil and rinse with ice water)
green onions
minced garlic
dried small shrimp
grated daikon radish
soy sauce
sesame oil
sesame seed
Saute daikon radish, garlic, green onions, and dried shrimp until cooked, and set aside to cool. Mix sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and a couple drops of water until the sugar dissolves. Once the sauteed mixture has cooled, dump the sauce mixture on the strained chilled noodles and toss the noodles until coated. Add the sauteed mixture, and sprinkle sesame seeds.
You can saute any veggie mixture to go with the noodles.
Cold Green Tea Noodles

green tea noodles (boil and rinse with ice water)
grated carrots
soba sauce
sesame oil
lemon juice
Cucumber Salad
slice any type of cucumbers
Japanese rice vinegar
pinch of salt
even smaller pinch of sugar
Five-spice Chicken
any part of the chicken and marinate in the following for a day or two:
Chinese five-spice
any kind of wine
some soy sauce
For the noodles, just mix the strained noodles together with soba sauce, sesame oil, and some lemon juice, and leave the grated carrots for garnish. Toss the cucumber salad ingredients together in a bowl. Bake, grill, or pan fry the chicken.
You can make any meat and veggie side to go with the noodles.

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